Once Massachusetts opened up for business, it seemed everyone stopped wearing masks and reverted to old habits. I went to a couple of small parties where half the people were vaccinated, and no one wore a mask. You can’t drink or eat with a mask. People greeted each other by shaking hands, hugging, or kissing. I didn’t notice elbow bumps or attempts to maintain social distance.
I am now fully vaccinated because it’s two weeks since the second Pfizer vaccine. After the first vaccine, my arm was sore for a day. After the second vaccine, I felt tired for several days. When I tried to exercise, I developed a headache and felt woozy. The reactions were minor.
I finally decide to get vaccinated because of the rising death toll and hospitalization rate among the unvaccinated people versus the nominal death rate and dramatic drop in hospitalization among the vaccinated. It was clear the vaccine worked. The benefits of getting vaccinated far outweighed the risk. I was at high risk, and I wanted to socialize. Furthermore, everyone I loved was immunized.
While Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines reduced disease severity in vaccinated patients, they did not prevent covid infections, especially from the various variants. That meant fully vaccinated people could become asymptomatic carriers and spread covid to the unvaccinated. The risk of the unvaccinated getting covid got higher.
mRNA vaccines are novel vaccines, and we don’t know the long-term risks, so it’s a tough choice compounded by distrust of the healthcare system, public health officials, and the government.
If you’re unvaccinated, I suggest evaluating your risk by doing research. Unless you live in a remote village by yourself, you will find the benefits outweigh the risks. As for the long-term effects of the vaccine, that’s a bridge we will cross together if the time comes.